ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Powerball drawing is now the second highest in U.S. history, it now sits at $700 million .
The number could rise even more, as more people buy tickets. Powerball officials have added more numbers. More numbers lower the odds of winning to 1 in 292 million from 1 in 175 million. Jimmy Pitcock, Owner of Mother Tucker’s gas station on Sharon Avenue, said the low odds are not stopping people from buying tickets though, because of the potential for a high pay out.
“The fact that they (people who buy tickets) know that someone has to win eventually,” said Pitcock. “You at least have to give a shot to say you’re in the drawing. There’s always the ‘what if.’ A year ago when the draw was this big someone won, and somebody’s life was changed, huge.”
Pitcock said, with the Powerball being so high, people have been coming in all week to buy tickets.
“Monday and Tuesday we saw a lot of people,” said Pitcock. “(Wednesday) being the day of the drawing, it’s been non-stop since about 7:00 this morning.”
The largest purchase of Lottery tickets, Pitcock has seen, was about $100.